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Billingsley’s Bullets: What annoys you?

By From page A5 | November 01, 2017

There are a few things that press my annoyance button and try my patience.

Things that annoy me:
1. People on their cell phones while I am eating at a cafe or in a movie theater.
2. Trying to paint my house ceiling without cussing.
3. 3-year-old magazines in the dentist waiting room.
4. Being with drunks – anywhere.
5. Any type of budget meeting.
6. Reviewing my performance with my boss unless he/she says I am perfect.
7. Singing a church song I have never heard of.
8. Hugging women whose perfume smells like shaving lotion.
9. Any attempt to sell me anything over the telephone.
10. Any political discussion that includes the words “By God” or “I can’t believe what you just said.”

Probably all of us want to be recognized for some quality we possess. People often receive more “digs” than compliments. When is the last time you told your spouse how much you appreciate him/her? For some stupid reason it is easier to say, “You left the garage light on again” than it is to say, “Marrying you was the best decision I ever made.”

• We all want to win a Nobel prize. Positive recognition of any kind is healthy for the receiver and the giver of the recognition. Real compliments are praises with some love and encouragement, too.

• If you can’t remember the drive home, you should marry your date. True love makes you a little dizzy and affects your driving, too. Kisses, hugs, and etc. usually rule over logic and destroy boredom.

• I recently read an article regarding “positive thinking.” I think the ability to be a positive thinker depends on whom you hang out with. Positive thinking starts at home.

• In the book, “His Holiness the Dalai Lama – The Path to Tranquility,” compiled and edited by Renuka Singh, the following lesson is offered:

“Whether their entire life will be successful or not depends much upon the atmosphere young children feel throughout the day. In a family where there is love and compassion the children will become happier and more successful human beings. Without love, there is a danger of spoiling or ruining their whole life. Human affection is thus most influential for children’s development.”

• After home life, whom you hang out with is still important. Do your friends have a positive life style? If your friends are “going to hell in a hand basket” they will invite you to keep them company. Talk to your kids about hell or heaven friendships.

• I was listening to the birds singing in our backyard. The singing relaxed me, and I was grateful to have birds in my universe. I became a sensualist. My friend was worried that the birds would poop on the patio. When I think how people look at the same thing and see two different worlds, it makes me love variety more than sameness.

• If you don’t have passion in your life, you are lucky to still be alive. Passion creates energy and stars in your eyes. Passion allows you to live for right now. You now have a great reason to live, and your heart is laughing. Passion creates new ideas and new goals in your life. You feel strong, and you look forward to the next adventure with the one you love.

• Making my yo yo do tricks was something I was not good at. Math was not a friend of mine, and ballroom dancing hated me. On the other hand, I was a very good boxer and made great space bologna sandwiches for my brother. Life has a way of balancing your talents and your faults.

• Some people make me feel like I am receiving a standing ovation. If someone makes you feel that way, marry that person. If your life feels like polite applause, introduce newness to your mind and to your heart. Those who don’t have the courage to try new beginnings will hold hands with depression.

• My dad always knew why I enjoyed the pictures in the National Geographic magazine, but he never teased me about it.

Bob Billingsley is an El Dorado Hills resident and monthly columnist for Village Life.

Bob Billingsley

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